PROPOSALS for a development at the RAF Uxbridge site which could include up to 1,600 new homes, a theatre, shops and a new primary school have been supported by the council.
The draft was discussed yesterday (Thursday) at Hillingdon Council's cabinet meeting where councillors supported the decision as a positive move for the area's economy and as a way of providing more affordable homes.
The proposal follows a public consultation in September and October of last year where more than 3,000 residents and business people were surveyed of which 339 responded. The majority were in support of it.
The area to be developed, at the base in Uxbridge Road, Hillingdon, is to be divided in four quarters with one quarter having a town centre with shops, restaurants, a theatre and around 700 homes.
Around 760 homes are being proposed for the southern quarter. And there will be a primary school and about 80 units of housing in the northern quarter. The last section will be for the retention and protection of green belt land at the River Pinn.
Councillor Doug Mills, (Conservative) who represents Manor ward said: "We have given serious consideration about how we can help the people in Hillingdon get the best opportunity to get affordable housing and this development will give people that chance."
The base is continuing to operate while its future is discussed and the next stage is for a planning application to be submitted in the summer by Defence Estates, the owners of the land.